Artist Dash Snow died Monday night, reportedly of a heroin overdose. The 27-year-old artist was part of the "Bowery School" and downtown New York scene. In a 2007 profile, New York Magazine chronicled his art and troubled existence. "He has been living as hard as a person can--in and out of jail, doing drugs, running from the police--for a decade," the article reported.
Snow comes from a well-known New York art family. His grandmother, Christophe de Menil, is a prominent art collector and philanthropist. She confirmed Snow's death to The New York Times, and said that Snow was in rehab in March.
Snow began as a graffiti artist, co-founding the (in)famous Irak Crew. The artist worked with video, Polaroids, photographs, collage, founds objects, and his own bodily fluids to create subversive pieces that were garnering critical praise at the time of his death. Below is a slideshow of some of Snow's works, from a 2005 exhibit at The Saatchi Gallery in London to more recent works for Peres Projects (which has galleries in L.A. and Berlin).